Terms & Conditions
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Please read and accept the agreement below:

I hereby agree to abide by all Court rules, orders, policies, and procedures governing the use of the electronic filing system used in the District Court. I also consent to service by electronic means in the circumstances permitted under those rules and orders. I further understand that the combination of user id and password will serve as the signature of the attorney filing the documents pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Local Rules of this Court. Therefore, as a participating attorney, I recognize that I am personally responsible for the security of my password and agree to notify the Clerk of Court if I believe that my password has been compromised. Also, as a participating attorney, I will promptly notify the Clerk of Court of changes in my personal data, e.g., name, e-mail address, firm, mailing address, telephone, and I will promptly update the appropriate data in the ECF system.

You will be admitted to the entire district no matter which division you select. You only need to apply to one division.
Attorney Information
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Once you have completed all of the required fields, the form will automatically search for possible duplicate attorney records. If none are found you will then be able to enter a user name and password for a new CM/ECF account.

Please Note: The CM/ECF account is not activated until the registration process is complete. A final confirmation notice containing the new account information will then be sent at that time to the email address provided below.

A payment waiver will allow an attorney to bypass the Pay.gov step during the registration process. No fee will be charged. Only issue a waiver if you intend for the attorney to complete the application on their own. If you are entering an entire application on the attorney's behalf, click the 'Create New' button instead.

Before filling out the form below with the required information, confer with the attorney and obtain their full name and email address. This information must be accurate before issuing the waiver because the attorney will not be able to modify any of these fields as they complete the registration process.

The reason for this is, when a waiver is issued, a special code is emailed to the attorney. This code is what allows the attorney to bypass paying the registration fee. The code is tied to their name and email address to prevent another attorney from using it to avoid paying the fee.

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Attorney Name:

ARDC or State Bar ID:

Office or Firm Information
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Select any additional elements to include in the mailing address. To reset an element, uncheck it then select it again.
"Sears Tower" or "Atrium Bldg"

City / State / Zip:

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You are required to complete and upload as a single PDF the "Motion for Admission to Practice" and the "Admission Questionnaire." The two documents are available for download as a single PDF.
  • Download the PDFs and complete the fillable forms.
  • Print, sign and date the documents.
  • An original signature is mandatory on both documents. An "s/ " signature is not acceptable.
  • Scan both signed documents, creating one PDF to upload.
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Review your application below. If any information is incorrect, click the "Edit Info" button to modify your submission.

If your application is correct, click on "Go To Pay.gov". This will take you to a secure website at Pay.gov where you will be able to pay the admission fee with a credit card.

Application for Admission to the Central District Submitted to the Division
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Documents ::Download PDF
Mailing Address
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Contact Information
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  1. There are 5 steps required to complete a payment on the Pay.gov website. On step 4 you must enter your email address AND the email address of the division you are applying to in the CC field.

    You are applying to the Division, so enter the email address admissions.@ilcd.uscourts.gov into the CC field.

    Failure to include the division's email in the CC field will cause a delay in the processing of your application for admission.

    Example of the screen you will seen on step 4.

  2. If the attorney's name DOES NOT match the name on the credit card, please forward a copy of the receipt you will receive via email from Pay.gov to admissions.@ilcd.uscourts.gov and include a note with the name of the attorney the payment is for.

    Failure to do so will cause a delay in the processing of your application for admission.

    You only need to do this if the name of the attorney applying for admission DOES NOT match the name on the credit card and the emailed receipt.

Go To Pay.gov